Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fact: Rabbits are Good for Your Health!

This is something rabbit fans have known for a long time and now a new study proves it – rabbit companions are good for your health. Yes, it is now scientifically proven by a team of experts from the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri headed by Dr. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN. According to an article in Genius Beauty Magazine, “This new study conducted by a team of experts from the University of Missouri and led by Professor Rebecca Johnson showed that the presence of rabbit gives women a sense of tranquility.” Scientists observed decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the bodies of women after they hold a rabbit for several minutes.
The article went on to quote Dr. Johnson about how the presence of domesticated rabbits not only facilitate social bonds, but also teach women and girls how to better understand themselves and others, and how to communicate with others more effectively. Further, it is shown that women who have kept the rabbits also have “better control in emotion and behavior.” Rabbits as part of therapy “also facilitate the healing of serious illness in children and adolescents, such as autism or depression, and help them overcome the lack of confidence.”